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South became one of the first six recipients in the country, among both two-year and four-year institutions, to receive the AANAPISI designation in October 2008. $2.4 million in grant funding was provided to improve the retention, progression, and graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Students (AAPI). This was the first time in US history through legislative intent to address the issues relative to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student success. In October 2011, South received a second, $2 million, five-year AANAPISI grant. South’s AAPI students make up the largest population of students of color at South Seattle College.
In 2011, the AANAPISI designation became officially recognized as Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s), opening up opportunities to other funding resources for South. South is dedicated to serving its diverse student populations. The AAPI-targeted programs and services developed under the AANAPISI program are open to, and are improving the success of all student populations, and support of the college’s mission and college priorities.
Beyond the Model Minority Myth: Asian/Pacific Islander Success in Higher Education
The focus of South’s first AANAPISI grant was to build South’s capacity to improve the transition, retention, progression, transfer and graduation rates of underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Grant strategies focused on: (1) increasing AAPI English Language Learner (ELL) transitions to college level courses and programs; (2) strengthening AAPI first year experiences; (3) Increasing transition from ESL classes to college courses; (3) Improving AAPI retention, intervention strategies, and outreach; and (4) Developing AAPI transfer pathways to four year colleges and universities.
A partial list of continuing programs developed under this grant include:
For a full list of programs developed under the first AANAPISI grant, please see the AANAPISI 2008-2011 Initiatives.
Fulfilling Our Promise to AAPI Students: "Start Here, Go Anywhere"
In October 2011, South was awarded second AANAPISI development grant. This grant builds upon the lessons learned from the first grant and is strengthening South’s ability to serve low-income, under-served students with AAPI-targeted strategies. This project focuses on providing: (1) services; and (2) creating a culturally responsive learning environment here at South.
The AANAPISI Center is the hub for AANAPISI programming. Our mission:
The AANAPISI Center is a centralized gathering space where Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other underserved students, receive high quality, culturally relevant, programs and services. The AANAPISI Center exists to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus to foster academic success.
The AANAPISI Center, located on the second floor of the Library, provides structured holistic support for AAPI students, including culturally-relevant pro-active, academic advising and educational planning, mentoring, tutoring, identity and leadership development. The Center is also the host to faculty and staff professional development on understanding, working with, and engaging AAPI students and connection to the larger AAPI community.
Other major initiatives include: